Thursday, April 17, 2008

Khayelitsha festival gets go-ahead from the City

By Celeste Ganga
17 April 2008


The City has given the green light to R800 000 in funding for the inaugural Khayelitsha Festival- the largest event of its kind in the City.

“I’m very pleased that we’ve been able to create R800 000 towards the new Khayelitsha Festival. This will be the very first one and will hopefully be as successful as the Soweto Festival- which has really put Soweto on the map,” says Mayoral Committee member for Economic Development and Tourism, Simon Grindrod.

The City’s contribution is funded from existing programmes of the Economic, Social Development and Tourism Directorate. The total festival budget is R6.4 million.

“It’s my intention that this will profile and highlight the talent, the business opportunities, creative parts of Khayelitsha and begin the process of revitalising that area in terms of economic development,” says Grindrod.

The focus areas of the Festival are in travel and tourism, health, beauty and fashion, food, beverage and nutrition, leisure and lifestyle exhibition.

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